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However, on the whole, I think interior designers are seen as big picture thinkers – the overall scheme, how colours make you feel, how fabulous cushions are, etc etc… Kevin McCloud was rather vile about us in an old episode of Grand Designs I watched this week, but I was rather proud of my profession when the house builder and interior designer, Kathryn Tyler, turned out to be, not only an exceptional interior designer, but also a worthy interior architect and an incredibly impressive project manager.
Are you a big picture thinker or more details oriented? It’s a question I ask on my initial client questionnaire for a reason – I like to understand which elements of the job to share with them to keep them in the loop. Do they want to know fabric quantities and lead-times are they happy with overall figures and a room that’ll be ready to walk into when they get back from holiday?
Interior design has, in truth, a pendulum like relationship with both the big picture and details.
Are you a natural interior designer? Let’s see.
Would interior design suit you?
No day is the same. Do you love variety?
No job is the same. Do you love variety?
No client can be predicted. Do you love variety?
Personally, I love the balance between the science and management of the process and the art and psychology of keeping everyone happy and ensuring creativity flows.
If you’re interested in the subject, I’d recommend KLC School of Design in Chelsea Harbour for a fantastic education or take a full degree if you’ve got the time to do so. I’d also recommend belonging to an association such as the British Institute of Interior Design,because despite Mr McCloud’s pokes and prods, we are professional through and through. Even if we do love our cushions…